Become an Exercise Star 2017

‘Become an Exercise Star’ is back by popular demand

Be a part of the Exercise Star Team.
Register Here – early entries receive a ‘Live it Up- Explore Wellness Calendar’
~Pick your exercise level (beginner, experienced or expert)
~Start exercising – walking, taking classes, biking, lifting weights, or more.
~Keep track of your exercise minutes each day
~Record your total weekly minutes on your campus spreadsheet
~Participate in campus specific activities – meet other Exercise Stars
~Watch your exercise minutes accumulate as your fitness improves
~Contribute your minutes to your campus grand total to help them win the “Most Active Campus’ award.
~Reach your goal and receive a Strength and Stretch Band

Results from 2016:
89% of the Exercise Stars reached their fitness goal
68% of the Exercise Stars report they increased their exercise time

Here’s what Exercise Stars say about the program:
This is a great opportunity to get much needed exercise and to meet employees from other departments.  It’s a win-win program.”

“It really helped me to push myself to walk more to lower my high blood pressure, and my pre-diabetes.”

“The positive atmosphere and opportunities to participate in fitness activities to break up the work day. We need more of that!! Love it!”

“I think this was awesome! I wasn’t a regular exerciser AT ALL and this motivated me to include more activity into my day–so much so that I started to make sure I exercised some every day.”

Exercise Categories have Changed
Minimum time for each category has increased a bit to challenge you more.

Beginner Exerciser – Average 109 minutes/week for 872 minutes in eight weeks (approximately 16 minutes/day)
Experienced Exerciser – Average Expert 150 minutes/week for 1200 minutes in eight weeks (approximately 22 minutes/day)
Expert Exerciser – Average 210 minutes/week for 1,680 minutes in eight weeks (approximately 30 minutes/day)
Divisions for Campus Competition for Most Active Campus
We created campuses categories to level the playing field a bit. Small campuses will compete against small campuses and big ones against big ones.

Ready to be an Exercise Star? Register Here

2017 Spring Programs

 Weight Watchers at Work – Beyond the Scale

Interested in attending Weight Watchers sessions at your campus? In person support through weekly meetings with your co-workers and a trained WW@W leader help increase your chance for success. Beyond the Scale is WW’s most holistic and personalize approach ever. Learn how to eat healthier, move more, live happier and lose weight all in a supportive environment at work!

We need 15 employees at a campus to start a WW@W group. Prices vary depending on length of program. 12 weeks = $156, 17 weeks=$186. If your campus sets up a program BEFORE January 31, you’ll get a 15% discount. Payroll deduction is available. Complete this interest survey to help establish a group near you!

*Diabetes Self Management Education Program by Seton  Hospital

If you struggle with knowing how to manage your diabetes, make smart food choices and plan meals, take advantage of this class. Learn how to live a healthy lifestyle with diabetes using proven strategies to improve blood glucose control and lower your risk of future health problems. Fridays, February 10, 17, 24 and March 3rd (This class consists of four sessions.) 12:00 – 2:00 at HBC (Use your personal time converted from your sick leave balance). Learn more here. Available at no charge – *For employees with HealthSelect

Golds’ Gym

Austin Community College employees receive a discount to Golds’ Gym (40% off retail membership).
All  Austin Area Clubs are Included. Dues paid through payroll deduction.
See this promotional flier for more details
Payroll Deduct form (*Note: download document in order to fill out). To enroll on the ACC plan please contact your Gold’s Gym account manager, Dell Lawhead  dlawhead@goldsgym.com 512-419-7356

Employee Assistance Program is Here to Help You

Work LIfe Balance  — Employee Assistance Program is here to help you.
Need to find child or elder care but don’t have time to do the research?
Have questions about creating a will and how to get started?
Are you a victim of identify theft and don’t know how to get help?
Are you looking for financial advice?
Or are you in need of short term crisis counseling for a variety of issues – marriage struggles, child parent relationships, substance abuse, or other emotional challenges?

Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a variety of free and confidential services for a variety on work/life issues to Austin Community College employees.  Assessment, short-term counseling, prevention, education, and referral services are availalbe to you and your dependents. Trained counselors are available 24/7, 365 days of the year to help you and your dependents cope with life’s stressors so that you can live a happy, productive lifestyle. Confidential sessions per life event in a calendar year with a Counselor is offered at no cost.
Deer Oaks can also assist with a wide range of personal needs including legal, financial, adoption, tobacco cessation and more. The EAP is available to Staffing Table employees, Faculty, and Adjunct Faculty.
Help is just a phone call or click away!
EAP Helpline: 1-888-993-7650
TTY/TDD: 1-800-735-2989
Email: eap@deeroaks.com
Visit the DeerOaks Website: (login & password: AustinCCD)
Visit the Human Resources Benefit page for more resources from Deer Oaks

Real Appeal

For Employees who have HealthSelect insurance:

We are pleased to announce Real Appeal, an online weight loss program as a new benefit offering to HealthSelectSMmembers and their families. Real Appeal is a simple, step-by-step program designed to teach healthy habits over time that lead to lasing weight loss results.

Real Appeal is in addition to our in-person Weight Watchers at Work program offered at Highland Business Center and Cypress Creek.

Employees, spouses and dependents 18 and older covered by our HealthSelect of Texas plan with a BMI of 23 or higher can join by enrolling at healthselect.realappeal.com from your smartphone, tablet or personal computer. The best part is it’s all at no cost to you – not even a co-pay or deductible.

The Real Appeal program provides you with all the tools you need to help you achieve lasting weight loss, including:

  • A Personal Transformation Coach, who leads weekly online group sessions and provides one-one-one support to help tailor a program specifically for your needs, schedule and goals
  • A Success Kit containing step-by-step guides, workout DVDs and gear, delicious recipes, and healthy kitchen cooking tools – including your own personal blender –  and more
  • Online site and mobile app for access to Real Appeal tracking tools, messaging  and digital resources anytime, from anywhere

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Take advantage of this great opportunity to better the health and well-being of you and your family. If you’d like to learn more about the Real Appeal program, check out this 3 minute educational video. If you’re ready to get started, you can enroll now at healthselect.realappeal.com using your smartphone, tablet or personal computer.